Free Vintage Pattern from 1928 – ladies panel front jumper

free vintage knitting pattern from Sunny Stitcher page 2-2

This beautiful jumper is from 1928, published in Leach’s Six Penny Knitting Series Issue 104 which is subtitled Jumper-Suits, Jumpers and Cardigans. Width around under arms is 38″, but it is supposed to be baggy, or “have positive ease” as expert knitters call it. Scroll down below the front cover for the pattern.

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Full Magazine Scan – Stitchcraft October 1953

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One of my charity and Antique Shop finds from my hols, hence it’s creased condition. Here is a full scan of this issue of Stitchcraft from 1953. It includes these patterns:

  • For 8 -10 year old’s a lumber jacket.
  • Men’s lumber jacket in chest sizes 37-38, 39-40 and 41-42
  • Ladies turtle neck dolman sleeve top 33-34 inch bust
  • Ladies twin set on cover in 35-36 and 37-38 inch bust
  • Suggestions for Christmas gifts in embroidery and other stitches (advertising  the transfers which were sold via mail order)
  • Ladies Angora tippet
  • Ladies Fringed shawl
  • Ladies “Hug Me Tight” waistcoat 33-34 inch bust
  • Woofy dog toy
  • Ladies warm button up jumper 34-35 and 36-37 inch bust

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Free Vintage Knitting Pattern from Stitchcraft Issue 4 January 1933

This knitting pattern is from Stitchcraft Issue 4, January 1933 – a coat, jumper and rather odd little hat – perhaps it could be a torque or side sitting cap and the weird crown could just be left off? The finished bust of the coat and top is 36 inches.This is described as “tailored knitting” which is just so chic. Ah, I remember early on just posting amusing knitting patterns, with cute kids or funny men leaning on trees. Now I’ve gone down a rabbit hole into serious fashion history stuff and consquently this blog is less amusing and more “I want this, and this,and this!” and “why can’t I be that chic and well tailored”. And also “sigh, another one not in my bust size.” Addressing the last one, I did look at thirties patterns in larger sizes, but they were all designed for 1930s old ladies and looked a bit frumpy. Coming up tomorrow I have a not frumpy one, described as being “for the slightly larger than average.”

I can’t decide if this is Jumper Jill or not from the side profile. Hmm. She was in the same issue in an underwear set. 

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Free Vintage Knitting Magazine – Stitchcraft from June 1952

stitchcraftjune1952As promised, I’m departing from the thirties, looking back into my own collection of knitting ephemera and on to the fifties. Here is an issue of Stitchcraft which has appeared in my collection, possibly from eBay, but I really can’t remember – these things just appear in my house. Either they are breeding or I’m sleep shopping.

Inside there are four knitted ladies summer tops – starting from top left picture on page 14 v-neck with tiny stripes has 33 – 34 inch bust ; the 2-ply twin set (also shown on cover) has a bust of 33-34 or 35-36 inches; V-Neck blouse with big stripes (refered to as green v-neck blouse) fits a 35-36 inch bust; Sleeveless Jumper sweater has a bust of 33-34 inch bust. They are also shown in colour on the inside back cover. Page 12 has several ways to wear a scarf in summer.

Also includes some hair-pin crochet for a stole and circular shawl on page 4, 5 and 20; Girl’s sun suit and jacket for age 7 (22-24 inch waist); boys trunks for age 6 to 7; men’s sweater in thick wool with chunky cables picture on page 7 and pattern on page 22 in two sizes 36-38 inch chest and 39-41; crochet ladies gloves; some ladies caps in Angora; and a bag for to take to the beach.

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Fair Isle and Colourwork: Twin Set from Stitchcraft

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This is taken from the Stitchcraft special No. SC10 – Twin Sets each in 3 sizes. It is possibly from the WW2 period – actually I know I have seen an advert for it in one of my copies of Stitchcraft, but can’t find it now to exactly date it. My own pratice fair isle swatch is coming along very slowly – two rows at a Knit and Natter meeting, three rows at home here and there. Unlike my usual knitting I can’t multitask and watch TV or chat at the same time, and I’m not enjoying it as much so have started something easier. Any advice for getting over this fair isle hump?

Here it is on Google docs.  Scroll down for jpegs.

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Free Vintage Knitting Magazine Stitchcraft December 1947

This issue starts with a rather strange winter bonnet. Looks like you could hide your sandwiches under it. Perhaps she is.

Stitchcraft  Dect 1947

Also in this issue gifts for children (knitted dog, babies booties and soldier toys), gifts for children to make for adults (necklaces and belt), a girls fair isle twin set. a ladies twin set for 32-34 inch bust, two colour long line jumper for 34-36 inch bust, a practice jumper in an unusual stitch for 34-36 inch bust, some fair isle knitted boots for adults (size 6 1/2 to 7, which probably isn’t equivalent to modern UK sizes), a knitting bag and finally a rather odd looking evening handbag. Plus Page 13 has Ministry of Food advice for Christmas,

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Free Vintage Knitting Magazine Stitchcraft July – August 1947

Here is the next issue in my collection, but first some exciting news! I’ve been along to the British Library to ask them if I can have access to their archive of knitting magazines, and they not only said yes, but also I can share anything out of copyright on this blog! They have scanners in their reading rooms, so for a small fee I can scan directly onto a memory stick. Go British Museum! If I could snog an institution, this is the one I’d choose. I can also access most of the fashion magazines of the 20th Century and I’m planning to do a bit of nostalgic 90’s Just 17 scanning, which I’ll pop onto a Tumblr site.

Now, on with this issue of Stitchcraft:

Stitchcraft August 1947

I love the bow necked short sleeved jumper on the front (for a 32-34 inch bust). I have at least three sewing patterns for this style of top, which I’ve been meaning to make for oh, at least two years now.Read More »

Free Vintage Knitting Magazine- Stitchcraft May-June 1947

Poor little blog, slightly ignored while I’ve been ill. Now I’m a tiny bit better and knocking back half a dozen vitamin supplements, it’s time to revive it in a flurry of scanning! This one includes short sleeved summer sweaters and a couple of swimming costumes, some make it yourself shoes, a sock pattern and a nice pair of lacy glooves.

Stitchcraft May 1947

More jpegs below.
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